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Arlesey Managerial Team Join St Neots Town

ARLESEY TOWN are on the hunt for a new managerial team after Zema and Nathan Abbey quit the Blues to join their league rivals St Neots Town.

Zema, a former Norwich City player, initially joined the Blues as player/assistant manager at the start of the 2009/10 season.

He took over as first team boss in the summer of 2011 following the club’s promotion to the Southern League Premier Division and later appointed brother Nathan as his assistant.

The pair led the club to 18th in their first season in charge before enjoying a very successful 2012/13 campaign, which saw them finish sixth and win the Southern League Cup.

They have made a solid start to this campaign and are currently ninth with 19 points from 13 games.

However, the duo have decided to take on a new challenge and have joined St Neots, who are second-bottom of the division with just two wins all term.

Zema takes up the role of joint manager alongside Gary King, while Nathan will work as their assistant boss.

A statement from Arlesey paid tribute to the departing brothers and said: “We thank them for all their hard work over the years for the club and wish them well in their careers.”

Meanwhile, St Neots chairman Mike Kearns said: “We needed an experienced but proven management team that can take us to where we want to be, and in Gary, Zema and Nathan we have secured exactly what we wanted.

“I would also like to apologise to Arlesey Town FC and their chairman for the inconvenience this appointment has made to their club, and wish them well for the future.”

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